The Gold Key Scholarship application for the 2024-2025 academic year will open on December 1 with a submission deadline of March 1.  For more information or if you have questions about the Gold Key scholarships, please email to

Read below for more information about the Gold Key scholarship program.

Graduating high school seniors are eligible to participate in the Gold Key Scholarship Program. Kellogg Community College Foundation Gold Key Scholarships are the College’s most prestigious scholarships, recognizing and encouraging outstanding academic and personal achievement. Funded by several generous private donors, financial need is not a criterion for the Gold Key Scholarship.

This scholarship program is a unique, cohort-based program that supports academic endeavors while also providing customized leadership and development experiences paired with individualized connections with KCC faculty and staff. Be sure to read the Gold Key responsibilities below when considering this scholarship.

The Gold Key Scholarship awards $4,500 for one academic year and can be renewed for a second year at KCC if the recipient maintains program eligibility and scholarship responsibilities (see below). Acceptance of this scholarship nullifies all other scholarship offers from the KCC Foundation. Scholarship can be used for tuition, fees and/or books. Unused awards will not be refunded. This award cannot be used at a different college or university.

All scholarship applications are given equal consideration by a scholarship committee appointed by the KCC Foundation. This committee will review the applicant’s academic records, school and community service activities, volunteer experiences, honors and awards. At the completion of the review process, the committee will select Gold Key finalists to appear for a personal interview before a final determination is made on scholarship awards.

Applicant Requirements

Gold Key Scholarship applicants must:

  • Have an admission application on file with the KCC Admissions Office (be sure to allow a few days for Admissions to process the application). A KCC username and password is required to submit a scholarship application. If you are currently a dual-enrolled student, you will need to apply for admission to KCC.
  • Be graduating in the same academic year as application submission (an official 2024 graduate).
  • Achieve a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrate leadership experience, school involvement, community service activity and volunteerism.

Here is the process to apply:

  • Visit Academic Works.
  • When finished filling out the application, click submit at the bottom and make sure your application is complete. This will submit your application for consideration for all the scholarship opportunities you are eligible for.
  • Click the “Opportunities” tab at the top of the page and see if you are eligible for the Gold Key scholarship. If so, read through the responsibilities and, if you wish to apply, complete the additional questions to be considered for this scholarship.
  • Upload your current high school/home school transcript.
  • Submit a name of an individual to provide a reference. Please make sure you email or speak with your reference at least two weeks prior to the application deadline to let them know you are requesting a recommendation, including both the deadline and the specific scholarship(s) for which you are applying.
  • You must complete both the general scholarship application and the Gold Key scholarship application to be considered.

Second-Year Gold Key Renewals

Gold Key Scholarship recipients who would like to renew their scholarship for a second year must complete a scholarship application by the published deadline.